1882 USA trade card for Domestic sewing machines (Black Americana)

$20.00 CAD

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Image of an African-American family in a horse-drawn cart passing a roadside sign advertising ‘Domestic’ sewing machines

‘It Stands at the Head’
Copyrighted by the “Domestic” Sewing Machine Co.
The Star that Leads Them All
The Light Running


On back:

Christmas Cards!
Bently Bros, Baltimore
Macramé threads…
Domestic Fashion Parlors, 1111 Chestnut Street Philadelphia.

8.5 x 12 cm // 3 ⅜” x 4 ½”

Corner crease UR. Browning on back.


The very first Domestic machine was produced by William A. Mack in conjunction with one N. S. C. Perkins who built a small factory at Norwalk, Ohio, and where a small number of machines were produced until 1869 when the term Domestic was added to the company's title.

At this time Stephen A Davis was taken on the company's payroll and he was set to re-design the machine and move the company's headquarters to New York, which was already the hub of American trade.Like many other sewing-machine men of the period, Davis came from gun work and brought many of the principles of interchangeable parts into the Domestic factory.

Right from the start the Domestic took a first grip on the market, producing 10,000 machines in 1871, and quadrupled that number a year later. The company secured a niche as producers of good-quality, light-running models and, although never seriously rivaling Singer, stayed independent in business until 1924.